Bellevue Literary Press

Director of Development

Bellevue Literary Press, located in the Financial District in Manhattan, seeks an experienced part-time development director to be responsible for all aspects of fundraising and donor cultivation, including identifying new grant opportunities from both government and private sources, and writing and submitting (with some staff support) the grant proposals. The director will help strategize our two annual fundraising campaigns and plan our annual gala (or fete or salon, as resources allow). The BLP staff and board of directors will work closely with the director of development to consult and provide support. The director will also train BLP staff in how to more effectively fundraise and expand BLP’s donor base with the goal of making BLP sustainable while staying true to its mission and established artistic standards.

With the support of a REDC grant, we will offer a competitive salary for 15–20 hours per week, based on the applicant’s experience. 

Responsibilities Include:

  • Meet prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis to establish effective communication with them
  • Grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors
  • Oversee grant seeking including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements
  • Build the planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts, such as bequest expectancies
  • Direct the annual fund program, including mailings and annual fundraising drives
  • Direct capital campaigns and other major fundraising drives
  • Coordinate fundraising special events
  • Direct employee fundraising drives
  • Oversee prospect research
  • Work closely with the BLP publisher and board of directors
  • Make public appearances/accept speaking engagements to share information about Bellevue Literary Press with the community
  • Oversee fundraising database and tracking systems
  • Collaborate with and train other staff members
  • Oversee creation of publications to support fundraising activities
  • Maintain gift recognition programs
  • Perform other related duties as requested


  • Must have skills in government, foundation, event, and individual fundraising and development work, ideally with arts & culture organizations
  • Strong interpersonal and writing skills
  • Have knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques, particularly major gift fundraising
  • Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, board members, and other volunteers
  • Have the desire to get out of the office and build external relationships
  • Be a “self-starter” and goal driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls
  • Be organized and exhibit follow-through on tasks and goals
  • Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, and demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense, and good listening ability
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • 5 years minimum experience in professional fundraising
  • Must demonstrate professional conduct at all times
  • A background in literature or book publishing is desirable, though not required

To Apply: Please send your resume, cover letter, and a list of three references to Erika Goldman at with the subject line “DoD Application.” 

Bellevue Literary Press is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. 

About Bellevue Literary Press

Our Mission: Bellevue Literary Press is devoted to publishing literary fiction and nonfiction at the intersection of the arts and sciences because we believe that science and the humanities are natural companions for understanding the human experience. With each book we publish, our goal is to foster a rich, interdisciplinary dialogue that will forge new tools for thinking and engaging with the world.

Our History: The first and only nonprofit press publishing at the arts-sciences nexus, since 2007 we have been publishing prize-winning books that address the “big questions” of the human condition while promoting literature and the humanities to the science and medical communities and science literacy to a general readership.

Originally housed in historic Bellevue Hospital, BLP was established as a project of the New York University School of Medicine. The press departed NYU in the fall of 2018 to become a fully independent, nonprofit publisher. Our books are distributed nationwide to bookstores and other outlets, including wholesalers, libraries, and specialty markets, by Consortium Book Sales and Distribution.

Contact Information

Erika Goldman, Publisher and Editorial Director
90 Broad Street
Suite 2100
New York
Contact Phone: 
(917) 732-3603
Contact e-mail: